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one thing i've learned during this year-long investigation, to some extent we are all living on the fence line, all of us. like the people of mossville, we are potentially exposed to dangerous chemicals. a wild shoot-out at an ohio trailer park leaves one deputy dead and another, that man you see there, wounded. the sheriff says it's a terrible tragedy for the community. we'll hear his emotional words. and police have a new tactic in the fight against drunk driving. it's called a no-refusal checkpoint. some say it's the best way to stop offenders, but other say it's over the top law enforcement. a strange mystery in arkansas. thousands of bird literally falling dead from the sky. scientist believe the deaths may
be stress related. what's that about? we'll tell you. first, a developing story that we've been following for you. you can call this the naval version of viewer discretion advised. body videos that were priced and shown to the crew of the u.s.s. enterprise during a time of war in 2006 and 2007. the navy now investigating after the videos ended up on the web site of the "virginian pilot" newspaper. hosting them is captain owen honors, who now, by the way, commands the "enterprise." at the time he was second in line. and our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, is following this for us. >> reporter: first, the navy said the videos were not meant to offend. but now they're calling them inappropriate and trying to figure out how honors got this promotion to command the "enterprise." what do they show? some of the material uses cursing such as the "f" word. have a listen. [ bleep ] ♪ >> [ bleep ]
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commander at the time and an admiral who was on board the ship, didn't know anything about any of this. you know, i think that's what the investigation is really going to focus on. how could other senior officers have not known? what was the environment on board this aircraft carrier that made anybody think this of okay? the "enterprise" has scheduled under his command to deploy in less than two week. it is worth noting these videos were made when the carrier of in the leaf supporting the soldiers -- middle east supporting the soldiers and marines who were fighting and dying. >> thanks to barbara starr, our pentagon reporter. and the navy has called the videos inappropriate. cnn reached out to honors for comment. so far, he has not responded. >> it's been a long time coming for 9/11's first responders. they can now get federal coverage for health problems that they price back to their time working at ground zero. president obama signed the bill while on vacation in hawaii. there was no official signing
ceremony, but the white house did are lease this photo here. congress pushed the bill across last month in that lame duck session. it creates a $4 billion program for first responders who say they got sick while working in the rubble at ground zero. new york senator kirsten gillibrand helped bring this bill back from the dead before congress went to recess. >> this is something that's important to the american people. that's why fundamentally this is a triumph of our democracy, of the american people demanding a response for these first responders and for the families noaa live at ground zero. -- who live at ground zero. the victims who inhaled toxins for week, for month. a lot of children are suffering from ath. >> the name is the james adrogen 9/11 compensation act. he was a new york city dwhoetece who died of a respiratory illness. she often cited as the first
nypd officer to die after inhaling the chemicals at the site. his family said he spent 450 hours working at ground zero after the attacks. in west central ohio, the man who killed a sheriff's deputy on new year's day has been identified now. 57-year-old michael ferryman. he was found dead inside of a mobile home after an intend gun bad with police -- intense gun battle with police. another police officer is in fair condition. i should warn you, the video of officer bloom being wounded is graphic. [ gunfire ] [ screaming ] >> the shooting started after deputy suzanne hopper was killed by ferryman while she was investigating reports of gunfire in the trailer park. police say ferryman killed hopper with a single shotgun blast before she had time to even draw her weapon. hopper was 40 years old. a veteran of the clark county sheriff's department. she was married and had two
children. funeral arrangements are pending. still ahead, sheriff gene kelly's emotional description of this event which he calls the worst day of his 24 years as sheriff. chilean are assessing the impact of a 7.1 earthquake. it struck about seven hours ago. people could feel it all the way in the capital, santiago. about 400 miles away. except for cut something power and phone lines, damage does appear to be minimal at this point. no tsunami warning was issued. you may recall an 8.8 quake hit near the city of concepcion last saturday killing hundred and causing widespread damage. it's not an alfred hitchcock movie, but a couple of live mysteries playing out in arkansas want tonight we got word that some 100,000 dead fish have washed up on the shores of the arkansas river. and then about 125 miles away, people in the town of beebe,
arkansas, are dealing with up to 500,000 blackbirds. they just fell out of the sky. this happened just before midnight on new year's eve. >> thought the mayor was messing with me when he called me. he got me up at 4:00 in the morning, told me we had birds falling out of the sky. >> very bizarre. and tomorrow, the arkansas game and fish commission will begin testing to try to determine why so many birds and fish died. after the break, we'll talk to the agency spokesman to find out what the heck is going on in arkansas. mething on this bed's got the funky smell ♪ ♪ oh, no [ sniffs ] ♪ all this mildew is just not going well ♪ ♪ what's worse, this couch... [ sniffs ] ♪ this closet... ♪ this bag, ohhh! [ male announcer ] eliminate 7 everyday odors in the things you can't wash with febreze. febreze gets rid of odors... and leaves a light fresh scent. never a harsh smell. [ family ] ahhhhhh... ♪ [ male announcer ] it's a breath of fresh air. [ male announcer ] let's be honest.
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100,000 fish have washed up on the shores of the arkansas river, which is about 125 miles from where the birds fell. we have a representative of the fish and gaming commission, keith stefen, and jackie jar as is with us. what's going on? >> pretty strange thing going on here in arkansas. unusual events that we don't often see. we do have fish dieoffs from time to time. obviously this is a pretty large one. so it's got our attention. the birds -- that's really unusual. we've had fwharbirds that have n out of the sky before, but not in this number. >> we've heard of birds falling out due to thunderstorms. what do you think happened? >> we think that there's a possibility of that new year's eve revelers in the area where the birds were roosting may have shot some fireworks off and
stressed the birds to the point where they actually died. >> we're talking now in the -- you think it might have literally been that they had heart attacks because they were so -- it was such a fright for them? >> it's possible. we're going to send the birds off to two testing facilities where they'll doey y inecropsi them. it obviously could be a weather event. but we're kind of leaning the other way. >> this of -- 5,000 birds, that's a lot of birds, and they were scattered across a pretty large area, as well. can you give us a few more details? people woke up and the birds were in their yards. >> that's right. it happened just before midnight. one of our wildlife officers was actually on the scene. by the time he got there, there were still birds that were falling. it's a rural area of arkansas, and there's a lot of blackbirds that tend to migrate around the agricultural fields in the
state. and they were roosting in an area where they typically roost, and there was some people in the subdivision that were shooting some fireworks off in celebration of you in year's, and may have caused this. we just don't know at this point. >> and keith, back to the fish. what are the different things -- you said that this happen from time to time, although this is a big one. what are the different reasons for a fish kill like this? >> well, most of the time whether we do have fish kills, it's low oxygen levels. the fish can't breathe or the water's too warm for our trout. but they're usually really small. sometimes we do have diseases that will kill fish. but they're usually very small. this of pretty wide area, about 20 miles of the arkansas river. but it was only one species of fish. so we feel like that we'll narrow it down to some kind of a disease. >> what are people in arkansas saying there, keith? i mean, this is kind of weird. two pretty strange things in two
days. >> well, we're just waiting on the locusts i guess to come in next. >> what's next, right? >> it's just really strange to have those so close together. you know, it -- i hope that it's not a sign of anything. but, you know, you never know. >> yeah. yeah, just waiting for the locusts. at least you have a sense of humor about. it keith stevens -- >> we want to find out for sure what caused this. >> certainly. we'll be following up. keith steffens with the arkansas game and fish chicago. thank you very much. -- commission. thank you very much. you get stopped at the a dui checkpoint and refuse a breathalyzer. that's your choice. in some states, get ready to have your blood drawn because a fair enforcement of the law, is it? that's what some are calling this policy. or is it an overreach of police power? we'll be discussing that. and a picture that's worth 1,000 words. maybe one that will spark criticism in washington. this week, perhaps? secretary of state hillary clinton, venezuelan president
the breathalyzer. nine states now use no-refusal checkpoints. what does that mean? police can immediately get a judge's order to draw blood if you say no to the breathalyzer. this is a pretty big deal because one if four -- that's right, one in four dui suspects refuse to blow into the plastic tab. new hampshire, higher, 81% will not voluntarily take the test. you might not be surprised, no refusal is controversial. groups like mothers against drunk driving say it's necessary to save lives. but civil libertarians say that is an overreach of police power. and joining me now, warren detram, assistant district attorney in houston. he is a strong proponent of the no-refusal program. and with me here in atlanta is criminal defense attorney b.j. bernstein. and first we're going to start with warren in houston. you know, explain, warren, how this work. how can a cop at a traffic stop immediately get a judge's order for a blood test?
>> well, it's through the use of the internet and technology. they're taken to a centralized facility, a police department or some sort of a fire station or places where all the tools are in place to get that search warrant reviewed and signed by a judge and to get the blood taken as soon as the order is signed. >> you're saying there's no judge necessarily right there, or there is? >> no. there's -- there's no judge on the street. we do have batmobiles or portable breath-alcohol testing mobile units that we use with the montgomery county sheriff's office or the houston police department. every now and then we'll have nurses and judges available there. but we take people to a centralized facility where it's sterilized. the judges are separated from the defendants and from the suspects and the police. so it -- it's a pretty extensive operation. but all it takes is an arrest, a quick five-minute transporting to the closest police station, and we can get a search warrant drafted and reviewed and signed
in under five minutes. >> i think the point, b.j., that you would make is this is an orchestrated situation where the judge is standing by, ready to make a ruling. and you have major concerns about this. and you feel like this is an overreach? >> absolutely. there's an overreach in terms of what warren said. here's a person driving up to a roadblock, which normally we're used to and accepted. that we give a driver's license. an opportunity for an officer to look at our eyes, listen to our speech, see signs of intoxication to see whether a breathalyzer should be administered. rather here, he said it -- he arrest someos someone and takes to a judge for simply saying no when laws historically have been that the right to drive -- we don't have a right to drive in this country. but when you refuse, it does have an effect on your license. you lose your license in some states, either one to two years for refusing. but that's very different than saying, you know, i'm okay with my blood being taken. >> but some might say, you know, if you're refusing, even if there is a consequence for
refusing, a person might be refusing to do the breathalyzer because they're hoping to give themselves a little time for their blood alcohol level to go down. i mean, isn't refusing in a way something that should be punished? isn't it in a way an admission of, oh, no, i know that i may be blowing over the limit here? >> well, it is publishing in term of taking your driver's license, through a civil thing. regardless, we're talking about a criminal case. the constitutional rules apply, and yes, there's been u.s. supreme court precedent to allow a blood test to be taken. but that's based on probable cause. and i would argue that it's a slippery slope for a misdemeanor offense that probable cause is just because you don't choose to take a government test that is not required by law. >> warren, how is this better, do you think? how is this better than the current -- obviously this is going on in jurisdictions in several states. but how is this better than those jurisdictions that are not using the no-refusal plan?
>> well, there are people watching the program tonight that are alive because of this program. in my jurisdiction of about 500,000 people, our dwi fatality rates have dropped off close to 20%. we've been g.m. two years during the program's operational hours without an alcohol-related fatality where an innocent victim was killed. you cannot argue with the fact it saves lives. and i'm glad to hear that some defense attorneys acknowledge that it is constitutional. we don't even have to get search warrant to get blood in dwi cases, but we do. we give extra due process to our suspects. it's not like we're pulling people off the street. they do field so bright test, they -- sobriety tests, they fail, they get the opportunity to comply with the law and give a breath test. it's only after that that we get involved and present a search warrant to a neutral and attached magistrate. in addition to saving lives, we've reduced our number of dwis significantly. close to 30%.
our -- our conviction rate is close to 100% with this. and lastly, we also save a sample for defense attorneys. so if they want to get independent testing with their -- the with blood, we do that, as well. there's no downside to this program. saves lives, it reduces cost, it puts more police officers on the street. and it can be done almost instantaneously in most states without legislative involvement or approval. >> and let me ask you this, b.j., as a criminal deaf attorney. this is not going -- defense attorney. this is not going to be, quickly, the last that we'll see of this. i imagine this discussion is going to continue if court. >> it's going to be in court. he's saying things in hers jurisdiction that other are not doing. they're having judges on the side of the road. they're not necessarily doing these pretesting or field so bright test. they're just saying -- sobriety tests. they're just saying refusal, get him arrested and take a blood sample. >> i expect that this conversation will continue in a court of law.
b.j. bernstein, criminal deaf attorney with us in atlanta. and assistant district attorney in houston, thank you for being with us. [ gunfire ] a shoot-out at an ohio trailer park. one deputy killed other another injured. the sheriff's emotional words as he talks about the fallen ahead. and a developing story from iran. that country claiming to have shot down two drone spy planes from the west. ♪ sing polly wolly doodle all the day ♪ ♪ hah
venezuelan president hugo chavez in brazil this weekend. they were both attending the inauguration of brazil's new president. the two discussed specific issues in a brief informal conversation. a u.s. military official says he's not aware of any missing spy planes. the statement comes after iran claimed today to have shot down two western drones over the persian gulf. iranian media report a revolutionary guard official accused western powers of sending the planes to take pictures. he also said iran has built duplicates from western spy planes that have been shot down previously. universal studios is looking for the cause of a fire that forced officials to evacuate an area of an orlando theme park yesterday. the fire led to the indefinite closure of a water ride. some guest complained about smoke. no one, though, sought medical assistance, and that ride, as i mentioned is, closed indefinitely. devastating flooding in australia has claimed at least one life. a woman whose body was found
after her car of overrun by floodwaters. the australian government says rising waters will likely force the evacof more than 1 -- evacof more than 1,000 people. the flooding has had a direct impact on more than a quarter million people. and it's back home and back to work for many after a holiday break. and for some it is going to be a pretty soggy monday, jackpqui jeras. the west coast, it's been storm after storm after storm. no respite. the storm we've been dealing with this weekend, unfortunately, is a lingerer, and it's going to stick around for tomorrow. it's been impacting travel. we still have delays this hour. if you're trying to get in to san francisco, the delays are at least two hours. so that's arrival delays. and it's kind of late in the game to still have weather-related delays. so expect more of that for tomorrow. our low-pressure storm system has been offshore bringing copious amounts of rainfall into the valleys. and then, yeah, we've been seeing snow into the higher elevations. in fact we've even been seeing snow in some unusual places.
yeah, this is some video that we got out of arbuckle, california. this video from yesterday, pretty low elevation to be getting snow like this. doesn't happen every day there. you see people having fun in it, though, throwing snowballs and getting out and enjoying some of the weather. so it was welcome news for some of you. but certainly not welcome for those of you trying to travel. now we've been seeing the focus of the heavy rain and the snow into southern california this time around. los angeles has been steady throughout much of the day. we've had snow along the grapevine, along i-5, and even into station. we've been seeing that snow. the low-pressure storm system is kind of cut off from the main jet stream, and that's why it's been taking its time, drifting south. so more problems expected there for tomorrow. it's also going to move into las vegas, as well. you're going to expect to see weather-related delays there. the east coast, you've had some trouble today, primarily due to the low clouds and the rain. tomorrow, we think for the most part this begins to pull out of there. high pressure in control. so we're looking at better weather. it's hard to believe, it was just a week ago that we were
dealing with that huge blizzard, and now so much of that snow has melted with the warmer temperatures and the rain that we've had this weekend. >> yeah. it certainly melted in washington, d.c. and i could use a ten more degrees, that would be great. >> a few more. i'll see what i can do. >> yeah, 30s, too much for me. too much for my california blood. thank you very much. still ahead, with the new congress in session this week and republicans taking over the house, what effect is this going to have on bipartisanship in washington? we'll hear from our deputy political director, paul steinhauzer, when we in back. and it was an adoption and reunion for two young children in tennessee. we'll be hearing from their new parents.
some of today's political headlines. michael steele go head to head with the five candidates trying to take his job as leader of the republican national committee. the chairman has agreed to take part in a debate tomorrow. steele hoping to win a second term leading the rnc. his tenure has been plagued by controversy even as he led republicans to historic gains in the 2010 midterm elections. and the head of the democratic national committee says it's unlikely there will be any democratic primary opposition for president obama in 2012. tim kaine made the prediction on "state of the union." he also said he expects to continue as party chairman for another two-year term. south carolina republican senator lindsay graham says he thinks mitt romney is the leading gop presidential candidate for 2012.
in an interview today, graham said the front-runner has to be the most electable conservative, and right now that's romney. romney lost the 2008 presidential nomination to arizona senator john mccain. he had yet to make an official announcement about his 2012 plans. congress is back, returning for a new session on wednesday. and before recess, you'll recall, passed a flurry of bills. there were tax cuts. a new nuclear treaty with russia. also a repeal of don't ask, don't tell. it couldn't have happened without bipartisanship. but will that spirit continue when the gop takes over the house? let's bring in cnn's deputy political director, paul steinhauser, now. is there any chance that these lawmakers are going to get along in the new session, as we saw them getting along in the lame duck? >> there's a chance, but i think the odds are not as good. i think the odd, it's the holiday spirit that saw so much accomplished in december. it may not linger into the new year. here's why. you mentioned. it the 111th congress that did
all those things in the lame duck, that's gone as we both know. the 112th congress gets sworn in on wednesday, and it's a different congress. republicans used to big victories will have a large majority in the house. they're going to run the house for the first time in four years. in the senate, they're going to have a larger and stronger minority. it's going to make, you know, make compromising with the president a little tougher maybe because a lot of these people, a lot of these new republican lawmakers were elected, thanks to a lot of support from tea party activist and other kir-- and other in congress. you mentioned the lame duck session. there was a lot of support on both sides of the aisle, boeing republicans and democrats in congress and across the country for thing like the tax cut plan, preeling don't ask, don't tell, and the weapon treaty with russia. it's a different story with the big issues they're going to have to tackle, lawmakers in the white house, in the next couple month. a budget, remember the lame duck only kept the lights on in congress through early march with the government actually. they have to do a new budget and
deficit and republicans are trying to repeal health care. there's not a lot of common ground between democrats and republicans on these issue before them. any question to you is -- your day job, you're happy new year covering congress. what do you think -- where do you think house republicans will start first? >> this first vote is an opportunity for republicans in the house to make a statement. what is the first thing this they're going to put on the floor. the answer is it's still a bit of a secret. we know generally what it could be. on one hand you mention health care reform. they say they're going to make good on a campaign promise to repeal it. republicans hit hard on this on the sunday shows today. but sources are saying that while republicans, you know, they're definitely going take it up here in the next month before the state of the union, they're not necessarily saying at this point it's going to be the first vote. the thing, as you know, democrat still control the senate. you just said that. they control the white house. this would obviously then be a symbolic vote. a repeal of health care because house republicans are then going to go on to try to dismantle
health care in some more incremental ways. it seems possible, though, that the first vote if not one could be one of their first votes. that it's going to be about spending cuts, the economy, jobs. this is what republicans are really taking away from the election. that american want their government to handle the economy better. that government spending is a big concern. and of course, as you mentioned, paul, republican and democrats, they have very different opinion about how you're going to be dealing with those issue. we're certainly going to see friction there. but you know, let's talk about california because you've got governor arnold schwarzenegger, he's leaving office tomorrow. are californians looking here to turn back the clock? former governor jerry brown is going to be assuming the office again here. >> yeah. it's almost like back to the future in california. seeing picture of arnold schwarzenegger. he came in seven years ago. an action hero, hollywood star. he wanted to tackle the budget in california. it's not that easy. and he leave with his state the most populace state in the nation facing tougher budget problems, a lot of big deficit. as you mentioned, the new guy,
back to the future, and it's jerry brown. the two-term governor from the mid 1970s to the early 1980s. won election to his old job in november beating meg whitman, the republican. he's got a tough task in front of him. the state probably faces a lot more when it comes to budget cuts and service cuts. it's not easy, and he'll have his hands full, no doubt about it. >> no politics -- politics is a tough game, no doubt. thanks for that. >> thank you. coming up, a deadly shoot-out in ohio. caught on tape. [ gunfire ] [ screams ] >> that officer that you just saw shot there, he is expected to be okay. but sadly, there was another who was killed. we'll tell you exactly what happened. plus, the navy now investigating some raunchy videos that were shown to the crew of a whole u.s. aircraft carrier. why they feature the current captain of the ship. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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funeral arrangement are pending for an ohio sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty new year's day. 40-year-old deputy suzanne hopper was at a trailer park in enon, ohio, to investigate report of gunfire. her life ended a moment later with a shotgun blast from one of the trailers. what happened next was violent and disturbing. in fact, you may not want to watch this. another officer of wounded in the ensuing shoot-out but is expected to survive. the voice that you'll hear is clark county sheriff gene kelly. [ gunfire ] >> the suspect inside opened fire. struck a german township police
officer. [ screams ] >> get over here, get over here now! [ screams ] >> reporter: he's currently in miami valley. and it appear to me right now that he's in serious condition. but they tell me that he's believed to be -- he will be okay. it appears that the door of the trailer opened, and the person inside fired one shotgun blast. striking the deputy and fatally wounding that deputy. [ gunfire ] >> enter the trailer, the suspect was deceased. apparently from the exchange of gunfire with deputy. -- with deputies. our deputy never had the opportunity to return fire or take cover. the deputy was an outstanding deputy. and is married and a parent of
two children. this is the worst day in my 24 years as a sheriff of clark county. >> now as we said, the officer who was wounded in that gun battle is expected to survive. the dead suspect has been identified as 57-year-old michael ferryman. let's check some of our top story now. president obama took time from his hawaiian vacation to sign the bill granting federal health coverage to 9/11 first responders. this is a through creates a $4 billion program for first responder who say they were exposed to toxic chemicals at ground zero. it was a long battle that congress pushed through in a lame duck session last month. the navy is investigating some pretty bawdy videos that were produced and shown to the crew of the "u.s.s. enterprise" in 2006 and 2007. the "virginian pilot" newspaper first published clips featuring captain owen honors, now the commander of the "enterprise." they're supposed to be funny
skits about the ship's rules and regulations, but they feature anti-gay remarks as well as simulated sex acts and lots of profanity. new video now of the terrifying moment after sudden's bombing at an -- saturday's bombing at an egyptian church. today's services were held under the watchful eye of security forces in alexandria. 21 people killed in the blast which occurred after midnight mass. saturday's bombing has prompted angry street protest, and egypt's president has vowed to find the perpetrator of the attack. and cnn has confirmed that actress zsa zsa gabor is being prepped for surgery to have part of her leg amputated. her publicist says doctors found cancerous lesions on her leg today, and they decided that she needed to return to ronald reagan ucla medical center for surgery. the 93-year-old has been in and out of the hospital several times since she broke her hip in july. cnn will be closely
following developments on wall street this week. we'll be seeing if the market can keep the rally going into the new year. but we begin our look at the week ahead at the white house where president obama returns to a full agenda after his holiday vacation. i'm ed henry in washington. the president doesn't return to the city from hawaii until tuesday after an extended vacation. then he's likely to move on to making some big staff change at the white house. starting with picking a successor to chief economic adviser larry sommer, one of the most important job in the administration as the president vows to spend the next two years focused on jobs. i'm paul steinhauser at the senior citizen political desk. it's back to the future in california tomorrow as former governor jerry brown is sworn in as the constituent's new governor. minnesota, nevada, and fleet minnesota inaugurate their new governors. michael steele faces off in a debate again the five candidates challenging him for his job. the often outspoken chairman of the republican national committee is up for re-election later this month. and wednesday, the 112th
congress gets sworn in. republicans will control the house and have a larger minority in the senate. i'm poppy harlow in new york. ahead in this first trading week of 2011, we'll get december sales result from individual retailers. all signs pointing to solid gains thanks to holiday shopping. and the most critical number of the week comes on friday with the december jobs report. analysts expect a gain of about 110,000 jobs for the month, but the unemployment rate is expected to remain stubbornly high at 9.8%. that said, we'll see if the market can post some gains as we kick off the new year. we'll track all the news on cnn "money." now let's bring in cnn international desk editor azedhe and start with indonesia. >> that's right, if you think driving and traffic in new york city, in l.a. is bad, you do not want to be a driver in jakarta, indonesia. look at picture that we have. you have these cars that are bumper to bumper, and it's a real, real problem. and the roads are so congested.
take a look at this. this is crazy. that the city itself has imposed a tax, a progressive tax on all privately owned motor vehicles. a 1.5% tax that they will implement starting monday and will increase for each additional vehicle a person owns. >> maybe in washington, d.c., i don't know. okay. it's an interesting idea. also, there's a new oil pipeline in operation? why weath where is this? >> yes, the first oil pipeline connecting russia to china. if you can envision this, it's about 621 miles, roughly the distance between atlanta to boca raton, okay. and it's expected to produce 15 million tons of crude oil. >> that is quite a lot. and then this story's interesting. we've been talking about this. brazil has inaugurated its first female president. >> they have. and you know what's even more interesting? who was in attend an at her inauguration -- in attendance at her inauguration on new year's
day and the interaction that took place between secretary of state hillary clinton -- >> that's right. >> and president of venezuela, hugo chavez. so they exchanged handshakes, and they chatted a little bit. whether or not this will help easing the tensions between the countries which have been strained for a while, we'll wait to see. >> but this is something that is going to be discussed here in the coming week. what does this mean? when a photo like this is taken, it's not just a photo. this is a big deal. >> a huge deal. again other another story we're following into next week. now coming up, what a difference two minutes can make. when we come back, we'll meet a set of twins born in two different years. plus, a long-awaited adoption finally goes through and ends up being a reunion for the children involved.
time to go cross country with a look at stories that our affiliate covered. in raleigh, twins born a couple of minutes apart but in different years. kristi austin gave birth to ashton at 11:58 p.m. as 2010 drew to a close. his twin sister, alicia, followed later at midnight as 2011 began. . in san diego, a new take on graffiti. an artist there has set up a workshop where he's teaching the finer point of the artform. the class is attracting all
sorts of people from working professionals to students. and in brooklyn, new york, a frigid way to start the new year. brr. members of the coney island polar bear club took the plunge into icy waters to usher in 2011. something the club does every year. it's been a new year's like no other for a couple in tennessee. derek and kathleen hunter welcomed home two adopted children from russia after waiting a lot longer than they ever anticipated. russia put all u.s. adoptions on hold last april after an american woman who adopted a russian boy sent the child back to his orphanage with a note saying she no longer wanted him. the hunters couldn't hide their emotions when their 1-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son finally arrived in nashville. >> with all the hurdles and everything, god was with it the whole step of the way. >> to have kids that are just needing somebody to love them and parent that just want to love kids and bring them together, it's -- it's perfect. >> it was also a reunion for the
children because though they are sibling, they were in separate orphanages. the decision has been made. no pordon for billy the -- pardon for billy the kid. hear from a man who says the famous outlaw really did get a raw deal. and then, taking the fight against plastic bags to a whole new level. we'll tell you which country has now banned them.
you remember the '80s flick? billy the kid in "young guns 2." the outlaw is back in the enthuse because of something that did not happen. new mexico governor bill richardson on his last day in office on friday declined to grant billy the kid a posthumous pardon. apparently it was a promise once made to billy, but never honored. one of the world's foremost authorities on billy the kid is bob bose-bell. and i asked him why anyone should even care about someone who died so long ago. >> it matters because as american we always want to right a wrong or we want to get resolution, and in the case of billy the kid, he's arguably one of the most famous people that came out of our territory. there's over 1,000 books written on him, 40 movies. so his legend has some clout. and i think the governor of very smart to address this and get us
talking about it. >> so you are intimately familiar with all of the details of how this played out? you told me in the break that you have been kid crazy now for going on 40 years. what do you think? should he have been pardoned or not? >> well, you know, i can look at it from a couple different ways. one is, if you look at it rationally like the governor just spoke there, your rational mind has to go no way. you cannot pardon someone who in our parlance is a cop killer. but i look at it from my heart, i go, you know what, maybe we could see a way to pardon him. and forgive. and he really did kind of get a raw deal, if you look at the fact. and then the third way to look at it is from my wallet -- >> you say he got a raw deal because he struck -- he struck a bargain with the governor and then what happened? >> well, he struck a deal with the governor that he would testify and get a pardon. but i think the raw deal part of it is that he was involved in the lincoln county war.
and this was really a brutal war in which hundreds probably were killed on both sides. and the kid was operating sometimes as a deputy, deputized and serving warrants. and the other side of doing the same. a lot of people think that there was not enough law in the west. in this case, there was actually too much law. and so -- but the raw deal is that billy the kid of the only one who was tried and prosecuted for killing someone in the lincoln county war. and other people did just as bad, and they ended up to be solid citizens and powerful politicians, and as the kid himself put it, he said, "think it hard that i am the only one to suffer the full measure of the law," and i think he's right. >> you said -- and i interrupted you. but you said there's another way to look at this about whether he should have been pardoned. >> well, yeah. you have the three ways and the third way is my wallet, which is i'm going to bhak a lot of money on all this attention from the
sale of book. i go, absolutely, pardon the go. >> very interesting. let the mow ask you this. everyone knows about billy the kid. as you said, there are all of these books, all of these movies. he's been so romanticized over time. should he be? should he be held up as this folk hero? this guy murdered a lot of people. >> well, yeah. but it's complicated. here's basically the rub as i see it. is you have these two contradictory fact, okay. he's a cold-blooded killer. he's the all-american boy. he was resourceful, brave, everyone agreed he was a great dancer, okay? you put those together, and they don't go together, okay? they're a contradiction. and that's what any good legend needs. you need to have this unresolvable fact, and that's why we're still talking about him 130 years later. every weekend we like to bring you a few interesting news
items that you may have missed during the week. first up, the woman who was the model for the famous wartime "rosy the riveter" poster has died. 86-year-old geraldine doyle passed away at a hospice in michigan. she was working in a plant near afn ain 19 -- near ann arbor in 1942 when her picture was snapped documenting how women helped in the war effort. in the 1980s it was adopted by the feminist movement as a symbol of women's empowerment. and a nation known for its food is changing how folks get the food home from the market. this is all in the name of protecting the environment. as of yesterday, shopkeepers in italy are banned from using plastic bags. they can keep using them, of course, until their existing supply run out and then that is going to be it. italy, it's not alone, actually. france, china, and several cities around the world, many here in the u.s., have already instituted such ban.